Monday, 31 August 2009

Bank holiday monday

We saw the first shafts of sunshine play on Penzance from our garden at Ednovean Farm

St Micheal's Mount this morning at Breakfast time

Perranuthnoe has flounced sulkily thorough the bank holiday shrouded in the thickest fog that left me describing the view to our newly arrived guests. But this morning our world started to brighten with the first shafts of sunshine catching Penzance just across the bay form our garden. Now that the bank holiday is over I'm sure the weather will improve again like a teenager casting off a sudden sulk.

We left Sootty and Danni in the stables on Sunday as the prospect of crossing the A394 on a white horse in the fog at 4 miles per hour didn't appeal and so today when we had finished our tasks we took them for a mega outing to make up for it.

The Honeysuckle that has billowed across the tops of the Cornish banks is now spangled with the neatest bright red berried, twinned around the plump dark sloes on their thorny bushes. Sootty felt enthusiastic today and so we headed across Rosudgeon toward Green Berry downs as we had heard that a Bridle path had just been cleared there, that had been closed for a long, long time.

We entered the tracks from Falmouth Packet lane and wove our way far from the traffic between the deep ancient hedgerows until we reached the reclaimed section. I used to use this path most weeks years ago, but as time went on and my days shrank I've stayed nearer to home and was taken by surprise last winter when Danni and i got stuck in a bush and could go no further. But today we followed the route that thrusts its way through a thicket of trees running parallel to the busy A road all the way to Newtown.

The reclaimed section is proudly marked with a beautiful granite pillar bearing a plaque with some of the history of Greenberry downs at either end. Thank you for all of the hard work that made Soottys special day out possible this afternoon he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

From Newtown we rode a short "white knuckle" couple of steps along the A road before turning back into the quiet lanes and dropping down into the peaceful valley at Millpool. The sweeping views across the farmland to the ancient engine houses that mark the sky line made for an enchanting journey. From the valley floor, we turned again uphill taking the long road back to Goldsithney, Sooty and Danni marching relentlessly side by side with Sootty taking occasional mock snaps at Danni if he though he was getting in front of him. As we finally climbed up south road towards Perranuthnoe Sooty's head had started to droop but he continued gamely home to spend his afternoon digesting his huge celebratory lunch in a happy doze. He was still dozing in fact when our new guest arrived but could definitely say he'd had a mega day out to celebrate Bank Holiday Monday!

Take a look at Perran lady's blog for The Newlyn Fish festival also on today for some great shots of Luggers etc:-